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Basileuterus tristriatus

Three-striped Warbler

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Parulidae


Basileuterus tristriatus

Cosango, Napo, Ecuador; 1 May 2010 © Carol Foil

The Three-striped Warbler generally has a very distinctive head pattern, although there is some variation in this over the species’ very broad range and among the 12 recognized subspecies. Most (but not all) possess striking black ear coverts, contrasting with the broad pale supercilium, with black lateral crown stripes, and a paler (sometimes yellowish) central coronal stripe. Three-striped Warbler is distributed from Costa Rica south to south central Bolivia, and east to western Venezuela. Throughout, it inhabits montane and submontane forests between 300 and 3000 m, with one record from very close to sea level. Like many other Basileuterus, in the non-breeding season groups of this species frequently join roving mixed-species foraging flocks, which travel rapidly through the understory.

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Recommended Citation

. 2010. Three-striped Warbler (Basileuterus tristriatus), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online:

 This map is based on the maps available from the NatureServe InfoNatura website, but has been revised by Robert Ridgely and Andres Cuervo.

The data for the Infonatura maps are provided by NatureServe in collaboration with Robert Ridgely, James Zook, The Nature Conservancy - Migratory Bird Program, Conservation International - CABS, World Wildlife Fund - US, and Environment Canada - WILDSPACE.

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